- Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair at Bucknell University
- Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
“In my opinion, I think asking public school children to recite the phrase (voluntary or not) ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance is in direct violation of the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution. Although I think the pledge is unconstitutional across the board, in this post I am purely arguing for the purposes of addressing the pledge recitation in classrooms, not the pledge itself. It seems clear to me having this phrase in the pledge is not ‘neutral’ in both senses of the word. It is not neutral among all religious denominations because it is embracing a monotheistic idea, and it is not neutral among religion and non-religion because it is clearly supporting theistic and religious belief.”
“Challenging the Pledge of Allegiance,” religionandamericanlaw.blogspot.com, Oct. 5, 2015
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- Involvement and Affiliations:
- Associate Professor and Department Chair, Religious Studies, Bucknell University, 2015-present
- Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Bucknell University, 2009-2015
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Law, Politics, and Society, Drake University, 2007-2009
- PhD, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
- Miami University, MA, Comparative Religion, 1998
- BA, Religion, The College of William and Mary, 1996
- Twitter handle: @BrantleyGasaway
- Recipient, William J. Peck Student Teacher Award for Outstanding Achievement
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